David Vitter Says Marco Rubio Is ‘Amazingly Naive’

January 30, 2013 8:33 a.m.

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) slammed his colleague, Marco Rubio (R-FL), over his support for an immigration reform bill in a radio interview with Laura Ingraham. 

“I love and respect Marco, I think he’s just amazingly naïve on this issue,” Vitter said. “This is the same old formula that we’ve dealt with before… promises of enforcement never materialize, the amnesty happens immediately the millisecond the bill is signed into the law.”

Vitter said that if Rubio, who appeared on the show defending his plan earlier the same day, believes illegal immigrants would not rapidly gain citizenship under his plan, “I think he’s nuts.”

Rubio has insisted he would only support a bill if it includes a trigger requiring border security measures take effect before most undocumented immigrants can apply for a green card, a prerequisite to citizenship. In the meantime, eligible undocumented immigrants who pass a background check, pay fines, and pay back taxes, would receive probationary legal status. 

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